Sir Charles Napier
Who was he?
General Sir Charles James Napier GCB (10 August 1782 – 29 August 1853)
was a British general and Commander-in-Chief in India, famous for
conquering Sindh province in present-day Pakistan. He was the eldest
son of Colonel the Honourable George Napier and his second wife, Lady
Sarah Lennox, he being her second husband. Lady Sarah was a great
grand-daughter of King Charles II. Born at Whitehall and educated
at Celbridge, Co Kildare, Ireland, he entered the 33rd Regiment in 1794
and subsequently became a career soldier.
Why was he in Bath?
"In 1819 he was sent to the Ionian Islands. At this period much of
Greece was under the Ottoman Empire. Napier had the position of
resident in Cephalonia, an office created by the high commissioner and
in this role he was active in the field of public works and road
building. He was also involved in military advice to the Greek
government and the Greek committee in London and was interested in
supporting their cause against the Turks. In 1825 he was promoted to
full colonel. He returned to England for a time when his mother died in
1826 and April of 1827 he married. Napier and his wife went to
Cephalonia until 1830, but returned because of her health. In 1833 he
was affected by the cholera epidemic and later that year his wife died.
He moved then to Caen in Normandy and concentrated on the education of
his daughters. In 1835 he married for a second time and settled in
Bath." [Thornber.net 2010]
Location of plaque at 9 Henrietta Street:
The text reads
"Here lived Sir Charles Napier 1836 - 1838."
Location map of 9 Henrietta Street:
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